Division of Ag rolls out first of cover crop infographic series

By Mary Hightower

U of A System Division of Agriculture

As spring planting approaches, so is the time to deal with winter cover crops. This spring, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is rolling out a series of infographics to help cover crop users with their decision-making.

“More Arkansas growers are using or considering use of cover crops as a sustainable practice to enhance their soil quality,” said Trent Roberts, associate professor and soil scientist for the Division of Agriculture. “New series of infographics aims to help producers better prepare for cover crop and cash crop management.”

Roberts said “cover crop termination and burndown is the first step in preparing for this season’s cash crop, so the first tool we have is a helpful checklist of what to look for and what to avoid to help improve your chances of success.”

Future infographics will focus on cash-crop planting into high residue cover crops and other cover crop related topics throughout the year, he said.

For more information on soil health, cover crops or other sustainable practices, contact your county extension office, or visit www.uaex.edu or http://Arkansascrops.com.